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A new beginning, 2016!

For most people, Christmas, as the song goes, is “the most wonderful time of the year”.  For the Christian, it gives us time to fully appreciate and value the riches of our faith and all that it brings.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that, when the buzz is gone from opening all your presents from your friends and family, you still have the ultimate gift that is constantly unfolding before you?

A gift that you will never get tired of and will never go out of fashion.

A person that will continually meet the desires of your heart and never ask for anything in return, only that you accept His love.

For me, this is where the real treasure is found.

After the glitz and bling is stripped back, you are left with the one true gift that really matters.

Jesus.

Isn’t it exciting?

Another year is also on the horizon which is full of opportunity.

Where will God take you and what will you discover?

This website is inspired by 2 Corinthians 5.17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old is gone and the new is here.”

All of us have that opportunity to start over as we move into another year. To take stock of what was good and not so good in the last twelve months. To examine and evaluate the areas in life where we need to improve and how we can grow as people, and in our faith.

The Christian path is the most exciting and adventurous route you will ever take. It won’t be lined with rose petals, but your path will be lit and you will be guided.

You serve a God who is faithful. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God: He is the faithful God keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep his commandments” Deuteronomy 7.9.

Regardless of the year you have left behind, embrace this new one and press on.

Take hold of your eternal gift: Jesus.

Take His hand and have a blessed 2016.

Carol J. Kelso.

Photograph: Alex Kelso

Photograph: Alex Kelso – New beginnings